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POST-ELECTION BLUES IN THE YANUKOVYCH CAMP

Rumors from sources close to the Russian presidential administration have suggested that Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych might be ready to withdraw from the second round of the presidential elections, set for November 21 (top.rbc.ru, November 5). Such a drastic step would ensure a second... MORE

COMMENTARY: NDI, IRI BETTING ON THE WRONG MOLDOVAN HORSE?

The U.S.-based National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute are backing the "centrist" Bloc Moldova Democrata (BMD) in Moldova's upcoming general elections, expected to be held in February 2005. NDI and IRI made that strategic decision in late 2003-early 2004, with a view to unseating... MORE

UKRAINE: MIXED REACTIONS TO BUSH’S RE-ELECTION

The news of George W. Bush's re-election has drawn scant comment from Ukrainian policymakers. This is not surprising, given the fact that the U.S. elections took place just two days after Ukraine's own crucial presidential poll, whose first round ended in a draw between opposition... MORE

WHY YANUKOVYCH LOST ROUND ONE AND WHY HE WILL LOSE IN ROUND TWO

Five days after the election, the final results are still not declared in Ukraine's presidential election. Nevertheless, as opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko declared: "Whatever the authorities might say to us," he won the first round. "And, in the second round we shall finalize this victory,"... MORE

YUSHCHENKO WINS FIRST ROUND OF UKRAINE’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Challenger Viktor Yushchenko won the first round of the Ukrainian presidential elections on October 31 (Itar-Tass, November 2). According to official Central Election Commission (CEC) figures, Yushchenko won 16 oblasts and the city of Kyiv. Besides sweeping western Ukraine, Yushchenko won the whole of central... MORE

UKRAINIAN TV JOURNALISTS PROTEST CENSORSHIP

Attempts by President Leonid Kuchma's administration to silence dissenting opinions on television ran into resistance at a decisive moment in the presidential election campaign. Journalists from most of Ukraine's nation-wide TV channels have vocally protested efforts to muzzle free expression just a few of days... MORE

WHY SHOULD LITHUANIA’S CONSERVATIVES THWART A VALUE-BASED GOVERNMENT?

Lithuanian Conservative leader Andrius Kubilius made history as prime minister in 1999-2000, when he and the Conservative parliamentary majority kick-started unpopular market economic reforms, at the cost of the party's electoral fortune. But some Conservatives risk jeopardizing those historic gains and diminishing their record if... MORE